[quote=jdc1084]…Luke 2:22-24. It’s about a week after Mary has given birth to Jesus. It says:
“And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord); And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
I had never thought anything about the offering a pair of turtledoves, and maybe now I’m just overanalyzing again, but when you look back in Leviticus where it’s describing all the sacrifices to be made it talks about the pair of turtle doves:
“And if he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring for his trespass, which he hath committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the LORD; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.” Lev. 5:7
So does this mean that Mary and Joseph were offering a sin offering? I’m no scholar, so I could be making some wrong connections or just misunderstanding all together. Please help.
Here is the lead-up text to Lev. 5:7:
*1: "If any one sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity.
2: Or if any one touches an unclean thing, whether the carcass of an unclean beast or a carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean swarming things, and it is hidden from him, and he has become unclean, he shall be guilty.
3: Or if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort the uncleanness may be with which one becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it he shall be guilty.
4: Or if any one utters with his lips a rash oath to do evil or to do good, any sort of rash oath that men swear, and it is hidden from him, when he comes to know it he shall in any of these be guilty.
5:]b] When a man is guilty in any of these, he shall confess the sin he has committed,
6: and he shall bring his guilt offering to the LORD for the sin which he has committed*, a female from the flock, a lamb or a goat, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin.
7: "But if he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring, as his guilt offering to the LORD for the sin which he has committed, two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.
Now compare this to the offering after giving birth (Lev. 12):
*2: "Say to the people of Israel, If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean.
3: And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
4: Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying; she shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed.
5: But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.
6: "And when the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the door of the tent of meeting a lamb a year old for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering,
7: and he shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement for her; then she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, either male or female.
8: And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean." *
So clearly there is offering for sins committed (first set of verses) and there is offering for the fact of having been declared unclean by the act of giving birth. I know none of us considers the act of giving birth to be a sin, so the offering that the woman shall be clean is not an offering for sin. The second set of verses specifically does not say anything like “for the sin she has committed”.
Look up the various references in the bible to “sin offering” and you will see that they usually refer to the sin which a person has committed, but in the case of giving birth there is no such reference. The offering in this case is a matter of ritual purification.
Oh, and don’t forget that Jesus was baptised. Does that mean he was a sinner?